Marine Sgt. Maj. Robert Breeden, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan on June 12, 2009. Breeden is now home from Afghanistan and trying to stay busy. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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Capt. Ferris W. Butler, former platoon leader with D Company, 214th Infantry Regiment, 10th Mountain, 2nd Brigade Combat Team out of Fort Drum, N.Y., talks to soldiers at Joint Base Balad, Iraq. Courtesy of U.S. Army hide caption

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Staff Sgt. Marti Ribeiro interviews an Army sergeant while embedded with a combat unit in Afghanistan. Courtesy of Marti Ribeiro hide caption

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The Hurt Locker has been hailed by critics for its gritty portrayal of Army bomb disposal troops. But veterans say the film — nominated for nine Oscars, including Best Picture — is riddled with inaccuracies. AP/Summit Entertainment hide caption

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Charles Lord photographed the horrific conditions in the Philadelphia State Hospital, a mental institution better known as Byberry. Charles Lord hide caption

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Staff Sgt. Bobby Henline was injured in Iraq by a roadside bomb three years ago, and was burned over nearly half of his body. After years of grueling physical therapy, he now performs at open mic night at the Rivercity Comedy Club in San Antonio. Katie Hayes for NPR hide caption

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